Friday, December 30, 2011

Homemade Christmas Follow Up

Hi all.. I hope everyone had Happy Holidays and is looking forward to the New Year. We had a wonderful Christmas. Now that everyone has been given their gifts.. or almost everyone.. I am going to do my follow up post for our Homemade Christmas.  So here is what we gave each other.

I will start with a crafty decoration Bug and I made for the house. These are recycled water and juice bottles, covered with decoupage tissue paper and painted.

Next is a crocheted dragon that I made my good friend. It was all done in one piece except for the wings which are a different green.

 Up next is a blanket fleece tied pillow that I made for Bug out of an adorable dino print fleece scrap piece that was given to me from a friend.
 Then there is this adorable crocheted owl hat made for my baby cousin by me.
This next one was not made by me.. but it was made for me.. by a good friend. It is a gorgeous Celtic style hand crafted necklace.

 Next up is a giant plushie D 20 made by me for my husband, who is a D&D geek.
 For the grandparents (Bug has 4 sets as both my and Rob's parents are divorced and remarried.), we made these linen wreath prints using Bug's handprints and fingerprints.
 From Hubby to me was this hand made silhouette print of our son. Framed to match our photo wall pictures.
 For my best friend I made this delightful giant plushie crocheted squid.

 And for her birthday which is in a few days I made her this awesome Dr. Who TARDIS themed tassel ski hat, hand crocheted and embroidered.

 So there you have it.. our homemade Christmas. We have a few other gifts we made but we still have to finish them or haven't given them yet. For instructions on any of the things seen here just comment and I will let you know how we made these.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Homemade Christmas

Ok this blog entry is more about intent and less about examples because sadly... friends and family read this blog.. and since I would be telling them what their gifts are for Christmas... I can not.. but I promise I will take lots of pics and share with you all after the holidays. So instead I will explain a bit about what we are doing this year and why.
This year we were all set to spend our normal but small amount of Christmas money on presents, stocking stuffers, friend and family gifts and Christmas pajamas. Instead we had our breaks fail.. and 400$ later we were broke. We had money for bills but none for Christmas. So at first I cried... and then I realized...I make things for a living... and as gifts all the time... if i just got super creative I could make this the best homemade Christmas ever!
So we selected fast to make but very personal and delightful gifts for everyone this year. The 4 sets of Grandparents are each getting the same thing... but it is handmade by Bug and very personal. My baby cousin is getting a few cute gifts and his parents are getting a sweet handmade gift also. My best friend's mind will be blown when she opes her gift and my husband will like his too I hope. I am also hard at work making a wedding gift for my Father and his new bride. Even the Aunts and Uncles on Rob's side will be getting something small. Hubby and I decided we each would make each other something. Bug's gifts had already been bought before but any new things we would like him to have have to be homemade. Each thing we make or I start to plan is one less thing we have to buy and it is so much fun. Bug and I will be spending our holiday making so much. We even are making some homemade decorations to add to the festive feel in our house. So far NOT having money has turned out to be the best Christmas ever!

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